FORT EDWARD, N.Y. – The National Weather Service of Albany issued a flood warning for parts of the Capital Region Tuesday.
Warmer weather caused the snow banks in the Adirondacks to melt, but heavy rainfall on Tuesday had some residents concerned it may cause a repeat of the 2011 flood.
Kathleen Miles was born and raised on the Hudson River. She's a veteran when it comes to the yearly floods, but she still gets nervous watching the waters of the Hudson rise and spread into her backyard. She said staying dry and keeping her personal belongings were her biggest concerns.
Steve Dirienzo is a Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the NWS of Albany.
"I think there'll be some roads in that area closed as well as some houses unfortunately get water into the basements if not at least into the first floor," he said.
Greg Merlow recently moved into his riverfront home. He said he's taking precautions to avoid losing his belongings to Mother Nature.
"Me and my wife, we basically started picking up anything that was lying low in the house, putting up chairs on tables and what not," he said.
Charles Hunter Jr. has lived on the Hudson River for nine years. He still remembers the 2011 flood that put part of his house under water.
"The water actually reached my foundation and filled the crawl space under my house and ruined my furnace and there wasn't much you could do about it," he said. "I'd like to understand how this happens to us."
It can take six to 12 hours for small creeks to stop rising. The Hudson River's flood stage is 26 feet, and the NWS is projecting levels to reach a little more than 28 feet.
Hunter said he's prepared, but he wants to make sure his neighbors know the risks.
"When the water comes into your home, it could become unsafe because you have to cut all your power off," he advised. "If you don't, there's risk of a fire."
Miles said people should plan for the worst.
"Never underestimate the power of the Hudson River,"she advised.
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